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To Mr Folthorp of Smith, Elder & Co.   6 June [1839]

Dear Sir

I have heard from the Treasury, & they will pay you the account as soon as you like1

Chas Darwin June 6th.

12 Upper Gower St.


There are annotations at the top of the letter probably made by Folthorp: No. 7– 57 . 16 . 11 8– 51 . 16 . 2 ———— 109 . 13 . 1 These refer to the accounts rendered by Smith, Elder & Co. for the two most recent numbers of Zoology; the expenses for No. 7 (Fossil Mammalia, No. 2) and for No. 8 (Fossil Mammalia, No. 3). See letter to A. Y. Spearman, 27 May 1839, n. 1. At the foot of the page, in the same hand: Qy Smiths No 5. 52 . 15 . This probably refers to a query about number 5 of Andrew Smith’s Illustrations of the zoology of South Africa, also published by Smith, Elder & Co. with a grant from the Treasury.


Fossil Mammalia: Pt 1 of The zoology of the voyage of H.M.S. Beagle … during the years 1831 to 1836. By Richard Owen. Edited and superintended by Charles Darwin. London: Smith, Elder and Co. 1839–43.

Zoology: The zoology of the voyage of HMS Beagle, under the command of Captain FitzRoy RN, during the years 1832 to 1836. Edited and superintended by Charles Darwin. 5 pts. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1838–43.


CD has heard from the Treasury; they will pay the account [for the Zoology] as soon as Smith, Elder & Co. like.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Smith, Elder & Co
Sent from
London, Upper Gower St, 12
Source of text
Wellcome Collection
Physical description
ALS 1p †

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 517,” accessed on 20 April 2024,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 2